Buy this album for six minutes of music

Buy this album for six minutes of music


norman lebrecht

July 13, 2015

I’ve never recommended an album before for  single track, but there has to be a first time…




This is a personal best, possibly a world record. Never, in four decades of reviewing, have I urged readers to buy a record for just six minutes of music, nor can I think of anyone else who has.

Here’s what you have to do. Skip the opening track of this album of incidental theatre music, a scrappy overture originally intended as a prelude to the second symphony. Shut your eyes and, as track two starts, you will find …

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  • PDQ.BACH says:

    The album is available for download <in Hi-Res at
    Just go to Qobuz and search for ‘Sibelius’ and ‘Kuolerna’.

    And since you can also buy single tracks in glorious 24 bits – 96.00 kHz definition (as well as standard CD definition if you must; but must you?), for about 2€ apiece, getting the whole first movement, “Tempo di valse lente – Poco risoluto” of Kuolerna for the price of a bottle of coke or an Eskimo pie must be the musical deal of the year. Deal? Make that ‘steal’!

    One caveat, though:
    Those who have never seen Leif Segerstam conducting — and there must still be a fair number of them in the audience — will never be able to imagine such a delicate confection springing from the Viking hands of a giant who would seem better cast as Ragnar the Red. You don’t know what you’re missing!